Woodworking

North Bennet Street School woodworking workshops and short courses are well-known for providing the highest-quality training in the fundamentals of fine and machine woodworking for individuals interested in exploring furniture making, carpentry and preservation carpentry. 

In addition to the fundamental workshops, two-day and longer workshops provide opportunities for students to build additional skills and fabricate useful objects of lasting value. Popular table and chair making, bowl-turning and timber-framing workshops are offered regularly. Master classes provide opportunities for professionals and advanced students to learn new skills.

Calendar

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, December 3 to Sunday, December 4 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$375

This class is now full. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

Woodworking 101

Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$195/$175

This class is now full. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

Interested in woodworking and looking for a way to get started? This course is designed to introduce students to and to safely use common woodworking machines and hand tools. We discuss how to approach work in the machine shop and at the workbench. Students take rough boards and machine them to useful sizes before taking the parts to the bench to work with planes and other hand tools. We work towards the completion of a small wall shelf..

All tools and materials are provided for this class.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 10 to February 9 (ten sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$775

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine procedures and learn the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarity with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment is essential for optimal use. Specific woodworking tasks and machine setups are discussed, along with the necessary fences, guides, or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized. Each student completes a box with sliding lid, beginning with milling rough lumber.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Woodworking 101

Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$200

Interested in woodworking and looking for a way to get started? This course is designed to introduce students to safely use common woodworking machines and hand tools. We discuss how to approach work in the machine shop and at the workbench. Students take rough boards and machine them to useful sizes before taking the parts to the bench to work with planes and other hand tools. We work towards the completion of a small wall shelf.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22 (two sessions)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Taima Krayem
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe and completes two to three bowls.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Introduction to The Router

Saturday, February 25 (one session)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$175

This class is now full. Another class has been added on May 6. You can register for the May 6 class here.

To be added to the wait list, please call or email the Continuing Education Office. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

This class covers the safe use of the electric router including; selecting and installing router bits, use of patterns for duplicating multiple parts, fences and use of featherboards. The router is used primarily on a router table for this class and the techniques are applicable to many projects.

All tools and supplies are provided.

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Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26 (two sessions)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe and completes two to three bowls.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Monday, February 27, 2017

Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive

Monday, February 27 to Friday May 19 (no class March 17 & April 17)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jamey Pope

$6000
$1,000 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration.
$5,000 due one month before start of class.
*Our general Registration and Cancellation Policies do not apply to this class.

This intensive class provides in-depth and comprehensive instruction in furniture making. Students are guided from basic hand and machine skills to advanced techniques in furniture making. The course begins with the skills taught in the Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking courses. It is helpful for those who wish to enhance their skills to be better prepared to apply for NBSS’s full-time programs.

Students complete several basic and advanced joinery samples prior to building more complex projects. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build most tables and case pieces. Students also visit a lumber yard and are guided through the process of choosing and purchasing the appropriate stock for the project.

The following are covered in this course: basic drafting, reading and following furniture plans, project organization, developing procedures and stock lists, working safely, efficiently, and accurately, spindle and mallet turning, veneering, case and table construction, and finishing. The hand-cut and machine-cut joinery includes: half blind and through dovetails, mortise and tenon, multiple stub tenons, twin tenons, housed tapered dovetails, dovetailed drawer dividers, dovetailed vertical partitions, shaping and cutting molding, and curved and flat drawer construction.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

This course qualifies for Post 9/11 GI Bill Education and Training benefits. Please contact the Continuing Education Office for details.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 28 to May 4 (twenty sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$1,300

This comprehensive course builds the foundational skills essential to complete many fine woodworking projects. Topics include: sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools, including paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saw, card scraper, and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel and hand planing. Traditional cabinet making practices are explained throughout the course and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project. Each student completes a box with sliding lid.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Shaker Tables

Saturdays, March 4 to April 8 (six sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$775

Refine your furniture making skills through the construction of a small Shaker style end table. Working with furniture grade hardwood, students follow proper procedures of milling and cutting pieces to finish dimension. Joinery techniques are done primarily on machines, including the drawer construction. Tapering of the legs are a combination of machine use and hand tools. The construction principles learned on this small table can be applied to larger tables with drawers.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking is required. Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking is strongly recommended.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spoon Carving

Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Tim Manney
$300

Carve elegant spoons from branches and small trees using simple tools. Starting with green wood, students use a drawknife to remove bark and make the basic shape of a spoon. From there, a knife and gouge are used to make the final cuts. Each student completes two to three spoons.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking

Monday, March 20 to Friday, March 24 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Matt Wajda
$775

Develop the skills and confidence to perform basic machine procedures and learn the background information needed for more complicated operations. Familiarity with each machine’s construction and proper adjustment is essential for optimal use. Specific woodworking tasks and machine setups are discussed, along with the necessary fences, guides, or fixtures. Proper techniques for operating each machine safely and for recognizing potentially dangerous situations are emphasized. Each student completes a box with sliding lid, beginning with milling rough lumber.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Handcut Dovetails

Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Janet Collins
$425

Learn the steps to follow in order to successfully layout and cut both through dovetails and half blind dovetails. Through dovetails are seen on both faces and half blind dovetails are only seen on one face. Both types of dovetails are commonly found in the construction of fine furniture.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

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Introduction to Spindle Turning

Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26 (two sessions)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$250

This course provides instruction in spindle turning techniques used in furniture making. Information on lathes, tools, materials and finishing are presented. The sharpening of tools is demonstrated and practiced. Each student has a dedicated lathe to practice various turning techniques using four basic tools; the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool and skew chisel.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking

Monday, March 27 to Friday April 7 (ten sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Ryan Messier
$1,300

This comprehensive course builds the foundational skills essential to complete many fine woodworking projects. Topics include: sharpening, tuning and the use of basic hand tools, including paring chisels, hand planes, dovetail saw, card scraper, and marking gauge; characteristics of wood and wood movement in furniture making; and cutting dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery using flat and square reference surfaces. Demonstrations and exercises develop skills such as chopping and paring with a chisel and hand planing. Traditional cabinet making practices are explained throughout the course and instructors emphasize how these methods can be used systematically in any woodworking project. Each student completes a box with sliding lid.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9 (two sessions)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Bob Miller
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe and completes two to three bowls.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Monday, April 10, 2017

Windsor Chairs

Monday, April 10 to Saturday, April 15 (six sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Peter Galbert
$1,450

Chairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build. Students work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture: the Windsor Chair. Building a Windsor chair is not about learning a style, it’s about learning a technology, a way of working with wood that is a wide departure from the usual flat and square. The class covers all the steps from tree to chair. Students split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into a hand-carved seat. We demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs are provided or students may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Topics covered including sharpening, wood technology and design that enhance students’ ability to make chairs at home. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Students have the option of creating a fan back or balloon back chair with either baluster or bobbin turnings. Please view images on the supply list file and contact continuingeducation@nbss.edu at the time of registration to let us know your preferences.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Open Shop: Bowl Turning

Saturday, April 15 (one session)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Taima Krayem
$100

This open shop is designed for students who have recently taken a bowl turning class at NBSS and are looking for additional practice. Students should come prepared to work on their own projects. No formal instruction is given during the open studio, however a studio monitor is available for safety and assistance. Please contact the Continuing Education Department in advance if you have questions about the suitability of your project.

Prerequisite: Students should have taken a Bowl Turning class at NBSS in the last two years. Please contact us if you have questions about your experience.

All tools and one poplar blank are provided and are included in the tuition price. Bowl blanks ($10-$50) are available for purchase during the open studio.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Woodworking 101

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Andy Glenn
$200

Interested in woodworking and looking for a way to get started? This course is designed to introduce students to safely use common woodworking machines and hand tools. We discuss how to approach work in the machine shop and at the workbench. Students take rough boards and machine them to useful sizes before taking the parts to the bench to work with planes and other hand tools. We work towards the completion of a small wall shelf.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Woodworking Basics: Picture Frames

Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30 (two sessions)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Ellen Kaspern
$250

Using the table saw, router and various fixtures, students learn how to make a mitered picture frame in this two-day class. Students can choose from a selection of routers bits to mold their frame and give it a unique look. Different techniques to glue up the frames are covered. Each frame is splined to give it added strength.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Introduction to The Router

Saturday, May 6 (one session)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Brian McQuay
$175

This class covers the safe use of the electric router including; selecting and installing router bits, use of patterns for duplicating multiple parts, fences and use of featherboards. The router is used primarily on a router table for this class and the techniques are applicable to many projects.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Introduction to Bowl Turning

Saturday, May 6 & Sunday May 7 (two sessions)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Taima Krayem
$375

This two-day class introduces students to faceplate and bowl turning, which is very different from spindle turning. In bowl turning, the grain of the wood is typically perpendicular to the bed of the lathe; in spindle turning, the grain is parallel to the bed of the lathe. Various methods of attaching the wood to the lathe and an overview of sharpening the appropriate tools for bowl turning are covered. Hands-on projects include small bowls and plates. Each student has a dedicated lathe and completes two to three bowls.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Introduction to the Skew Chisel

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Alan Lacer
$425

Take a detailed look at this somewhat challenging woodturning tool. Students start by learning the process of refining, shaping and obtaining scary sharp edges, then execute a number of practice pieces focusing on at least eight different cuts. On the second day, discover a series of projects that apply techniques learned. These projects include at least the following: tool handle, finial, door stop, egg, and spinning top.

Prerequisite: Students should have some turning experience.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Spoon Carving

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Tim Manney
$300

Carve elegant spoons from branches and small trees using simple tools. Starting with green wood, students use a drawknife to remove bark and make the basic shape of a spoon. From there, a knife and gouge are used to make the final cuts. Each student completes two to three spoons.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shaker Boxes

Tuesday & Thursday, May 16 & 18 (two sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Judith Hanson
$250

Learn about the history of the Shakers and their woodcraft. Shaker furniture is practical yet elegant in its simplicity. Working with prepared box bands, students learn to bevel, steam, and bend Shaker box bands then fit and tack them to lids and bottoms. Each student makes two to three boxes.

All tools and supplies are provided.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Turned, Lidded Boxes

Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 (3 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Alan Lacer
$575

*Please note, this class is three days. It was originally listed in our catalog as a two-day class.

This class explores the turned lidded box, showing a variety of options. As most lidded boxes are end-grain turned, considerable time is spent exploring how to hollow and finely finish off end-grain. This includes a look at using hook and ring type tools. From there students make at least three finished boxes of differing features. This includes different types of joints, joint details, texturing, inlay and shapes. Students also have you a chance to try hand-chased threading. Finishing options are also discussed.

Prerequisite: Students should have some turning experience.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

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